The major goal of our research is to develop efficient and ‘green’ solutions in organic synthesis. We are accomplishing this in several ways: either by substituting fossil oil based starting materials with chemicals from renewable sources, or alternatively, by developing more efficient asymmetric transformations for the synthesis of important compounds or building blocks.
As an example of the current activity, we are developing novel isosorbide based polymers. Isosorbide is a rigid, nontoxic diol obtainable from cellulose.The main advantage of isosorbide from a material point-of-view is its rigidity, thermostability and stereochemically fixed structure. The currently accessible bio-based polymers tend to be too soft, especially at elevated temperatures. We would mostly focus on converting isosorbide into advanced high-performance polymers. These could provide highly scratch resistant surfaces, and may also be employed as high-performance plastics for the automotive and construction industry. In addition, we have shown its potential to replace styrene and other fossil-based components currently used as coatings for paper and cardboard based packages.
We are always interested in ambitious coworkers. Currently we offer several B.Sc. and M.Sc. projects within the areas of green chemistry and development of new methodology. For more information contact Lauri Vares (lauri.vares [ät] ut.ee)
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